Haydn: Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 4

Haydn: Piano Sonatas Volume 4


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 30 in D major, Hob.XVI:19

Piano Sonata No. 38 in F major, Hob.XVI:23

Piano Sonata No. 40 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:25

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

with unpublished cadenzas


This is Volume 4 in Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s project to record the complete piano sonatas of Haydn. The last volume in the series (CHAN10689) was a Critic’s Choice in Gramophone, an Instrumental Choice in the magazine BBC Music, Editor’s Choice in the magazine Classic FM, and Recording of the Month in MusicWeb International.

In the words of Bavouzet himself: ‘Each volume of this ambitious, extended project will arrive over the years like a postcard, dispatched during my travels with scant respect for chronological considerations, but undertaken with the greatest passion for trying to convey as vividly as possible to twenty-first-century ears the boundless treasures of this sublime music.’

He also notes: ‘We often forget how little information Haydn left us in the scores of his keyboard works: few indications of dynamics or of phrasing, and the briefest guides to tempo. This task is never anything other than absolutely fascinating, but for the performer it is also testing, and even risky. He must, even more than usual, create his own world, his own logic, left only to hope that, in the absence of tangible evidence, he will not distance himself too far from the composer’s intentions, which remain forever unknowable.’

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet received a BBC Music Award in 2012 and a Gramophone Award in 2011 for his recording of works by Debussy and Ravel (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Yan Pascal Tortelier). His recording of Bartók’s Concertos (with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic) was short-listed for a Gramophone Award, and he has won multiple awards for his recording of the complete works for solo piano by Debussy, including a BBC Music Magazine Award for Volume 3 and a Gramophone Award for Volume 4.

“Quite apart from his stylistic command and sheer delight in the music, Bavouzet’s mixing and matching of different periods in the composer’s awe-inspiring pianistic development ensures there is never a dull moment.” Financial Times, 8th September 2012 ****

“This continuing series is turning into a real classic: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has an infectious sense of the witty fun that underlies so many of Haydn's inventions, and the finale of the D major Sonata No 30 fairly fizzes with joy. But the real discovery here is a new version of the wonderful, touching Variations in F minor.” The Observer, 16th September 2012

“With his Yamaha piano, Bavouzet’s crisp articulation — a constant delight — seeks to emulate the plucked action of the harpsichord, but he brings a singing legato line to Haydn’s melodies.” Sunday Times, 16th September 2012

“this is among the finest accounts [of the Variations] on disc: searchingly nuanced from moment to moment yet never losing its grip on the work's tragic progress. Bavouzet's readings of the three selected Sonatas in this latest instalment of his ongoing series are all equally illuminating in different ways.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 *****

“Bavouzet doesn't disappoint [in the F minor Variations]...He leans towards passion, but melancholy also surfaces through rubato, embellished repeats, control of line, pace and dynamics...This is a performance of stature with not a trace of the slick superficiality that mars matters elsewhere.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

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Chandos Bavouzet Haydn Piano Sonatas - CHAN10736

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Haydn - Great Piano Sonatas

Haydn - Great Piano Sonatas


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 38 in F major, Hob.XVI:23

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Piano Sonata No. 43 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:28


Ronan O'Hora (piano)

Regis - RRC1311

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Haydn - Piano Sonatas Volume 2

Haydn - Piano Sonatas Volume 2


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 46 in E major, Hob.XVI:31

Piano Sonata No. 56 in D major, Hob.XVI:42

Piano Sonata No. 48 in C major, Hob.XVI:35

Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34

Piano Sonata No. 41 in A major, Hob.XVI:26

Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob. XVII:4

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49

Piano Sonata No. 34 in D major, Hob.XVI:33

Piano Sonata No. 52 in G major, Hob.XVI:39

Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48


2 discs for the price of 1.

Marc-André Hamelin’s first set of Haydn Piano Sonatas was Hyperion’s best-selling release of 2007, and had the critics jostling to acclaim his performances in the highest terms, in particular his expression of the ‘physical exhilaration of Haydn’s playful inspiration in a way unmatched by any pianist past or present’. His second volume, released in a year where new Haydn recordings are prominent, should surely match the critical and commercial success of the first.

Some of Haydn’s most alluring and appealing keyboard works are recorded here. The surprising (to some) emotional range of the composer is fully evident in the extraordinarily sensitive and intimate Sonata in E flat major No 49, written for Maria Anna von Genzinger, and the profoundly felt Andante con variazioni in F minor, the composition of which coincided with her death.

“Hamelin is especially compelling in the great C major (No 48) and E flat major (No 49) sonatas, works that rank with the finest creations of the Viennese Classical period. An unmissable bargain at two-discs-for-the-price of one.” Sunday Times, 2nd August 2009 ****

“In the sonatas proper...he is a model of correctness, with enough wit, exuberance and the most exquisite lightness of touches to keep the music buoyant.” The Guardian, 31st July 2009 ****

“…a luminous evenness of touch and a wonderful lightness in his decorations and runs. …his account of the Adagio of the E flat, HobXVI:49, has a tenderness of its own. And while his account of the unsettling F minor Variations knocks a startling three minutes off the timing of Gary Cooper's account reviewed here in the July issue, it proves quite as intense.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ****

“…Hamelin exhibits a coruscating wit and brilliance known to few pianists. When have you head dotted rhythms more sprucely articulated than in No 35's finale, or wondered how terms such as vivace can take on a whole new meaning given such rapier reflexes and musical sheen?” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

“One of the outstanding releases of the Haydn celebratory year” International Record Review

Presto Disc of the Week

28th December 2009

Hyperion Marc-André Hamelin Haydn Piano Sonatas - CDA67710

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Nikolai Demidenko - Live at Wigmore Hall

Nikolai Demidenko - Live at Wigmore Hall


Haydn:

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Mendelssohn:

Fantasia in F sharp minor, Op. 28

Scarlatti, A:

Sonatas in C minor, B minor

Schumann:

Variations (Impromptus) on a Theme by Clara Wieck, Op. 5


Hyperion Instrumental Selections Dyads - CDD22024

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The 1991 Grange de Meslay Recital (Live)

The 1991 Grange de Meslay Recital (Live)


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

arr. J. Brahms

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV564

arr. F. Busoni

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846: Prelude

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825 - Menuet I & II

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825: Gigue

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 435 (Chaconne) in G major

Haydn:

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Piano Sonata No. 48 in C major, Hob.XVI:35

Liszt:

Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543 (J.S. Bach), S. 462/1


György Sebők (piano)

First release. György Sebok (1922-1999) was a Hungarian-born American pianist who was also renowned as a teacher and giving of masterclasses. He made over 16 recordings for the Erato label as a soloist, early in his career. He has received many honours and awards throughout his life in recognition of musical life. “one of the greatest pianists in the second half of the century, if not the greatest”, in the view of a fellow Hungarian, his fellow pianist Livia Rev. Cellist Janos Starker, with whom Sebok played for 60 years, pulled ever fewer punches: “First-hand, second-hand or in recordings, György Sebok is the greatest pianist who ever lived.” and also “one of the greatest teachers of all time”

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Haydn: Sonatas and Variations

Haydn: Sonatas and Variations


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)


A truly invigorating new release from SOMM this month, brings us Leon McCawley in a recording of four Haydn Piano Sonatas together with the set of Variations in F minor (Sonata - Un piccolo divertimento). Siva Oke first heard Leon play Haydn during a recital for the Chopin Society and was immediately struck by the many wonderful qualities he brought to his playing which captured classical purity and pristine articulation coupled with warmth, plasticity and wit. Widely acknowledged as one of Britain's foremost pianists, McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning First Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and Second Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Since then, his impressive discography which includes the much-lauded complete cycle of Mozart Sonatas for Avie has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire. The more than 50 piano sonatas of Haydn were the first by any composer, for it was he who first applied the word 'Sonata' to a solo piano piece. Haydn's influence on Mozart, Beethoven, and all the other great composers who followed him, was hugely significant, yet it is only in quite recent times that the importance and originality of his piano sonatas have gradually come to be recognised. The Sonatas on this disc have long been part of Leon McCawley's recital repertoire. They reflect the range of Haydn's genius in the genre he himself invented, and McCawley's performances are full of the insight and virtuosity which have made him one of the major international artists currently before the public.

“Expressive rubato is always contained within a steady rhythm while the sustaining pedal is used only sparingly…[yet] it is evident that he commands dexterity of fingering to rival Marc-André Hamelin. Nor does his precision of touch preclude intensity of feeling…his account of the F Minor Variations is the stronger for his refusal to overblow its tragic coda or to milk the pathos of its closing bars” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“I like McCawley’s vigour and spiritedness in quick numbers…you sense he’s a cultivated player with exceptional technical address, and his rhythm is immaculate whatever the tempo” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas and Variations

Haydn: Piano Sonatas and Variations


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 44 in F major, Hob.XVI:29

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50


Lars Haugbro (piano)

Fortepiano Mc Nulty - copy of Anton Walter (ca.1780)

The Sonata in C Major was part of my recital debut, and it was also the first work by a composer of the Classical period in which I sensed an almost verbal expression behind the many scales and arpeggios. It was in this sonata I discovered that Haydn spoke more than he sang, something I was to find confirmed many years later, while working on my Ph.D in performance practice.

Andante and Variations in F Minor was part of the first important solo recital I held when I returned to performing — this time in a wheelchair — following a serious accident. It was a work that indelibly etched itself in my mind from the first time I heard it as a student. It is one of those works that is known simply from the designation “Variations in F Minor”. One hardly need mention the name of the composer. It is certainly one of musical history’s most important works for piano, and it crowns Haydn’s oeuvre for solo piano.

All four works on this CD can, in principle, be played on harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord or modern piano. The sonatas were written over a period of 20 years at the end of the eighteenth century. At that time, the new, exciting instrument was the fortepiano. This did not mean that people would simply discard the costly harpsichords and clavichords they already had. Well aware of this, Haydn often wrote in the score that it could be played on different keyboard instruments. I think it is safe to say, though, that from around 1780 Haydn was aiming for a fortepiano idiom. Lars Haugbro

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Tatiana Zelikman: from Couperin to Schumann

Tatiana Zelikman: from Couperin to Schumann


Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin I: Ordre 5ème in A major: La Bandoline

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 13ème in B minor: Les Lis naissans

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 14ème in D major: Le Carillon de Cithère

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 17ème in E major: Les petits moulins à vent

Haydn:

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K396

Schumann:

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Am Camin

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Kind im Einschlummern

Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Der Dichter spricht

Vogel als Prophet (No. 7 from Waldszenen, Op. 82)


Tatiana Zelikman (piano)

Although the general public has probably not heard of Tatiana Zelikman, her name is famous among countless musicians in Russia and beyond, for she is considered to be one of the finest pianists and teachers today.

Zelikman trains the youngest pupils and gives guidance to the most experienced pianists, and over the years she has brought to light and then accompanied pianists such as Daniil Trifonov, Konstantin Lifschitz, Alexei Volodin and Alexander Kobrin, all pianists of rare talent who have become celebrities.

'From Couperin to Schumann' is the only Tatiana Zelikman recording. At last we have a soundtrack of the poetic, luminous style of this unique artist, an outstanding representative of the great Russian school of piano playing.

“Piano aficionados will best appreciate this document of a Russian teaching legend.” MusicWeb International, 7th November 2016

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Haydn: Piano Sonatas & Variations


Haydn:

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Hob.XVI:46

Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob.XVI:20

Piano Sonata No. 53 in E minor, Hob.XVI:34

Variations (12) in E flat major, Hob.XVII:3


Fabrizio Chiovetta (piano)

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Haydn: The London Sonatas

Haydn: The London Sonatas


Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 60 in C major, Hob.XVI:50

Piano Sonata No. 61 in D major, Hob.XVI:51

Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

Piano Sonata No. 59 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:49


Famed for his clarity of line and purity of tone, Gottlieb Wallisch moves from Mozart to his contemporary Haydn for his fourth recording with Linn.

Wallisch launched his international career by winning the ‘Joseph Haydn Prize’ as well as first prize at the prestigious Stravinsky Awards at the age of just sixteen.

He celebrated Haydn’s anniversary year in 2009 by giving a critically acclaimed cycle of concerts in the Musikverein, Vienna dedicated to the composer.

Haydn’s famous London Sonatas can be viewed as the distillation of the composer’s entire sonata-writing experience; Gottlieb perfectly captures his characteristic humour, energy and spiritedness.

Sonata No. 60 was written for an instrument of greater tonal range than the Viennese instruments of the day, with a wider palette of specified dynamic possibilities and pedal effects.

With a striking two-movement format, asymmetrical phrases and unusual accents Sonata No. 61 was ahead of its time, breaking the limits of traditional sonata form.

Often described as a symphony for the piano, Sonata No. 62 has frequently been praised as Haydn’s ‘opus summum’ due to its large-scale form, diversity of expression and its virtuoso requirements. Named a Steinway Artist in 2012, Gottlieb Wallisch is a respected artist in the Viennese piano tradition. Gottlieb Wallisch has performed with many leading orchestras including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has performed at prestigious London venues Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

“In the F minor Variations, Wallisch's poised pianism, suave tempo relationships and keen attention to the music's bountiful harmonic inventiveness offer much to savour...Better still is Wallisch's fluent, rhythmically pointed and heartfelt rendition of the Andante in the remote key of E major.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

“His technique and touch are immaculate, his tempos are judicious and, without over-emphasis or eccentricity, he always phrases meaningfully...And his account of the alternatively plaintive and fanciful, but ultimately tragic Variations in F minor is the more powerful for refraining from over-milking the pathos at the end.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2014 ****

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